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Papillon– Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Papillon - Fun Facts and Crate Sizes


Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1915
  • Lifespan: 14-16 years
  • Size: Small
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 22” dog crate*

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Papillon was originally from France before it migrated to Japan since the 16th century. This small dog has been a fashion icon in Japan since the 70s. The Japan Papillon tends to dominate in numbers, with brown fur and white accents. Meanwhile, in France, the Papillon tends to have white as its main color with a combination of black and brown accents. Formerly, this dog was owned primarily by rich people such as Madame Pompadour and Marie Antoinette.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Papillon in 1915. These medium energy dogs are known as elegant toy dogs. They are friendly, active and athletic dogs. It also has a strong bone structure yet remains dainty and light.  Moreover, the perhaps the most attractive part of the Papillon is its ears, which resemble a butterfly. This breed is seemingly always happy when it is with its owner, yet can be aggressive with strangers.


The Papillon dog has brown eyebrows, dark eye color, and a long straight tail. This dog has a "sharp" facial expression which some consider funny when it stares at people. The legs and tail have thick fur when compared to the other parts of its body.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to small sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


To keep the Papillon dog looking adorable, it needs a regular body brushing and an occasional bath to make sure the fur is clean. This grooming will be a good idea to get the best dog look for a show. Its nails also require regular trimming so that the nails do not grow too fast and to prevent them from cracking. In addition, the ears should be well maintained with regular checks to prevent debris and wax buildup, which can cause germs and bacteria growth and in turn lead to infection. As with most breeds, the Papillion needs regular teeth brushing to make the teeth clean and mouth healthy.


Even though Papillon belongs to the small dog group, it really loves playing outdoors. Thanks to its smarts, the owner will still find a suitable dog for training in this breed. This makes this breed a friendly house pet.  Be sure to take it out for daily walks and exercise out in the yard.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 22” dog crates* for most adult Papillon.



* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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